2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 11



Black Organizing
Project Removes
Police from Oakland
Schools
I
n the spring and summer of 2020, more
and more communities began to call for
a reassessment of policing in our society.
They called on civic leaders to reinvest
scarce resources away from military-style
police forces and into neighborhoods, jobs,
and especially schools.
In fact, leaders in our community have
been calling on their elected officials to get
police out of our schools for years and to
use the funds to educate, not incarcerate,
our students. In 2011, Black Organizing
Project launched a campaign to eliminate
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police from Oakland schools in the aftermath
of the murder of Raheim Brown by an Oakland schools police officer.
In Oakland, the only school district in Alameda County with its own police force, the
district has a long record of disproportionately suspending, expelling, and arresting Black
students. The district spends more than $6
million each year employing school police
and security officers.
In June 2020, we awarded a special grant to
Black Organizing Project to help them intensify their work to call on the Oakland school
district to eliminate its police department.
The following month, Oakland Unified School
District voted unanimously to pass the
George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the
Oakland Schools Police Department, which
also directed the district Superintendent
to launch “an inclusive, community-driven
process” for developing a new district safety
plan by Aug. 21. This process included the
input of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and representatives of the Black
Organizing Project.
The work to transform Oakland schools
from a system that has perpetuated the
“school-to-prison pipeline” to a place where
every student has the chance to reach their
full potential will be difficult, and the Black
Organizing Project will play an essential role
in helping to achieve that goal.
Black Organizing Project members rallied in June
2020 to remove police from Oakland public schools.
Photo by Ryan Sin, courtesy of Black Organizing
Project, a foundation grantee.
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